Vietnamese PM meets leaders of RoK, Australia in Hamburg

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc ​meets with President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in in Hamburg on July 7 (Photo: VNA)

Hamburg (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc had
official meetings with President of the Republic of Korea (RoK) Moon Jae-in and
Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull on July 7 on the fringe of the G20
Summit in Hamburg, Germany.

On behalf of President Tran Dai Quang, PM Phuc
invited the RoK and Australian leaders to attend the 25th APEC Economic
Leaders’ Meeting slated for this November in Vietnam. They thanked and accepted
the invitation with pleasure.

He highly valued the RoK President sending a
special envoy to Vietnam shortly after he was sworn into office, saying the
move showed that President Moon attached importance to the two countries’
strategic partnership.

The two sides agreed to increase high-ranking
visits and meetings amid the 25th founding anniversary of their diplomatic ties
this year. The countries will bolster cultural exchanges and economic, trade
and investment cooperation in order to raise bilateral trade to 100 billion USD
in 2020.

Highlighting the RoK’s role as the biggest
investor and the third largest trade partner of Vietnam, PM Phuc asked the RoK
to import more advantageous products of Vietnam, like agro-forestry-fishery
products, and to work closely with his country to effectively implement the
Vietnam-RoK Free Trade Agreement.

He also asked the Northeast Asian nation to
continue helping Vietnam take part in the RoK’s global supply chains, pay
attention to technology transfer and support industries in Vietnam, and support
Vietnam to access concessional loans of the International Development
Association after 2017. He also hoped the country will help Vietnamese women
who married RoK citizens better integrate into the local society.

For his part, President Moon pledged to order
relevant agencies of the RoK to review and promote the implementation of
Vietnam’s cooperation suggestions. He added that the RoK Government will better
care for the Vietnamese women marrying RoK citizens so that they can integrate
into the local society more easily and become part of his country’s cultural

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) and his Australia counterpart Malcolm Turnbull (Photo: VNA)

At another meeting, PM Phuc and his Australia
counterpart Malcolm Turnbull expressed their delight at the strong progress in
their countries’ relations, discussing ways to strengthen the enhanced
comprehensive partnership.

They agreed to continue reinforcing political
trust through all-level delegation exchanges, especially at high levels.

Turnbull invited the Vietnamese PM to attend the
ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in 2018 and visit Australia on this occasion.

The Government leader of Vietnam lauded
Australia’s assistance to his country in such fields as climate change
response, reform-innovation, startup support, and improvement of the private
sector’s capacity.

He said the potential for bilateral economic-trade
cooperation remains huge, asking Australia to facilitate the entry of
Vietnamese products into the country, especially tropical fruits and aquatic

PM Turnbull stressed Australia wants to lift its
relations with Vietnam to a strategic partnership, adding that the more than
200,000 Vietnamese-Australians and 25,000 Vietnamese students in Australia
provide a very important foundation for bilateral ties.

He also emphasised that his country will keep
supporting Vietnam to successfully organise the APEC Year 2017.

Regarding the East Sea issue, the Australian and
RoK leaders echoed Vietnam’s viewpoints on the importance of maintaining peace,
stability, security, safety and freedom of navigation in and overflight over
the East Sea, and on the peaceful settlement of disputes on the basis of
international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Also on July 7, PM Phuc had brief talks with
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Senegalese President Macky Sall,
Singaporean PM Lee Hsien Loong, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, and the head of the
Saudi Arabian delegation.-VNA

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